Community Solutions, Strategy and Programs Senior Program Officer

Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF) and Wild Rivers Community Foundation (WRCF) serves the residents of the California counties of Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte, as well as Curry, Oregon. The Foundation recognizes the multiple tribal lands within this region, and we work with, support and honor the sovereignty of the indigenous people that are an integral part of our communities today. Through the generosity of local and national philanthropic donors, the foundation has awarded more than $95 million in grants and scholarships since 1972. HAF — along with its family of organizations including the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, Humboldt Health Foundation, Native Cultures Fund, and others — focuses its grantmaking and program efforts on strengthening community capacity and transforming our communities’ ability to solve problems and address the root causes of those problems. In early 2021, the foundation adopted four goals focused on vital issues for its next decade of action and support: Racial Equity, a Just Economy, Thriving Families and Youth, and Healthy Ecosystems and Environments. As part of this new focus, the organization is making significant organizational shifts to support this dynamic and growing region in the Pacific Western United States.


As Senior Program Officer, you will be responsible for five main areas including: Grantmaking and resource deployment; Development and ongoing management of initiatives, programs and projects; Community engagement; Collaboration and communication; and Evaluation and learning. Under these main functions, you will utilize your consultation and listening skills to surface community needs, provide analysis and bring back those needs and opportunities to the foundation in order to deploy resources across our 4-county region. Ideally, you will carry out job duties with an emphasis on adaptability, responsiveness and critical thinking, cultural humility, respect for sensitive information and confidentiality, and have an ability to work collaboratively with community partners and staff teams.

This position is a full participant in working with the Strategy, Program, & Community Solutions (SPCS) Team, to practice organizational values of community, empathy, and equity. This organization works across departments to address community needs using a matrixed reporting and collaborative structure. You will be called upon to serve on collaborative teams to meet responsive and urgent needs as well as programs and initiatives designed to meet longer term systemic community challenges, while also managing ongoing grantmaking, community engagement, and project management responsibilities.

SPCS team was developed to serve our region and its many communities, and empower the people, organizations, institutions, and businesses to achieve healthy, equitable, and sustainable success. One of the core functions of this team is to blend all of our resources—from skills to funding—to enable shared prosperity and well-being. The foundation provides a toolkit of resources which include: Grant Funding, Loans, Scholarships, Leveraging outside funds, Donor Engagement, Programs, Convening & Networking, Capacity Building, Leadership Training, Advocacy, Research, Policy and Systems Transformation and Public/Private partnerships.


$62,500-$67,500 starting depending on experience, plus health benefits, retirement benefits, paid holidays and sick time


Click here for more information or to apply. Please email the following two (2) documents in Word or PDF format to [email protected]:

  1. Resume
  2. A cover letter addressing at least one of the questions detailed below

We evaluate applicants based on how well they match the qualifications and vision listed. Please use your cover letter as an opportunity to explain your interest in the organization and position, and provide short answers to at least one of the questions below:

The Humboldt Area Foundation and the Wild Rivers Community Foundation announced a new shared Strategic Vision to guide our foundation efforts for the next ten years and beyond. The new strategic vision is an assertion of our values as well as a road map to guide how we invest and collaborate across our 4-county region. We envision a generational outcome of: A Thriving, Just, Healthy and Equitable Region.

This vision will be animated by four specific, decade-long goals:

Racial Equity

Thriving Youth and Families

Healthy Ecosystems and Environment

A Just Economy and Economic Development

o What is your vision for a thriving, just, healthy and equitable region and what might it look like 10 years from now?

o What skills, methods and experience would you be able to provide to support the

community in achieving that vision?

o How could your privilege (race, gender, socio-economic, positional, educational, experiential, etc.) serve you in this work? How are you using it to create more equity?

Please also note, that we do not consider references until the final stages of our hiring process and that they are not required in the information that you submit in your initial application. For more information about Humboldt Area Foundation, visit

For questions, please email [email protected] or call Haley Clark, Director, Human Resources, Inclusion and People Development at 707-683-4881.

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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Job Board 2022-05-16 15:23:24 -0400